One of the constraints faced by researchers who are not based in Pakistan, but are working on or are planning to work on Pakistan, is the lack of support networks in the country. IDEAS is located in Lahore and its researchers have the home advantage for undertaking research focused on Pakistan. By combining this advantage with their networks in international academic circles, our researchers are collaborating on some very exciting projects. IDEAS can provide research support for fieldwork on Pakistan even when there is no research collaboration, particularly if researchers are working in areas in which the institute has expertise. IDEAS can extend support in some of the following ways:

  • Providing workspace at IDEAS premises in Lahore if researchers are visiting Pakistan (subject to space availability)
  • Providing printing, phone and photocopying facilities on a cost basis
  • Sharing research assistants’ time on a cost sharing basis
  • Helping researchers hire research assistants or field staff
  • Providing temporary workspace for research assistants (subject to space availability)
  • Helping to identify individuals or firms with expertise in administrating surveys and questionnaires
  • Helping to identify data sources and resource persons
  • Helping with travel, bookings and other logistics



Academics or researchers with a PhD degree who are already employed at a university or research institute outside Pakistan are eligible to apply.

How to Apply

Please apply online and attach the following documents: (i) a copy of your CV, (ii) a synopsis of your proposed research on Pakistan and (iii) a cover letter indicating the nature of support you require from IDEAS. Your application should be addressed to: The Director, IDEAS, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with the subject line: Request for Field Research Support. Decisions on applications are made on a rolling basis.